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SHOW SNIPPETS

  • BAA has a new indoor venue in Leics. (BAA News)

  • The Kennel Club and Petlog’s phone numbers have changed. (Kennel Club News)

  • The Alldogs show on 2 November 2014 has been cancelled. (Show Diary)

  • The Kelluki autumn limit shows are all full. (Show Diary)

  • M & M's October show is closed. (Show Diary)

  • You can now buy spectator tickets for the UKA Grand Finals on-line. (TicketSource)

  • The KC is looking for clubs/shows to host Olympia 2015 and Crufts 2106 Heats.(Show Snippets)

  • Olympia 2014 agility dates and general news (Show Snippets)

  • Scunthorpe OATC will be holding a two day agility show on the weekend of 11-12 April instead of an August show. (Show Snippets)

  •  The Tuffley Champ show will take place at a new venue next year. (Show Snippets)

OTHER NEWS & INFO

Agility Team GB
Team chiropractor Emma Fretwell has decided to step down from the position so that she can pursue private and business interests.

Training Places & Spaces
Thinking of starting agility and trying to find a club, moving to a new area or some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.

  • Ready2Run (W. Mids)
  • Barking Needs (Staffs)
  • Freymor Dogs (Leeds)
  • Barking Needs (Staffs)
  • Stuart Doughty Agility Training (Worcs)
  • Dig It Dogs (Ches)

FMBB BSD World Champs 2015
The WBSDS and BSDA are planning to send a team to next years BSD World Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015. The selection day will be held  on 12 October at Sandbourne House near Pershore (Worcs)

IFCS Report
It was the first year that FAB had qualified to send a GB Team to the  International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) World Championships and no one knew what to expect. In the end they came home from The Netherlands with two Gold and three Bronze medals.

BAA News
Hayley Laches will take the helm of the British Agility Association (BAA) organisation from June Bass on 1 September. Some things will remain the same but she also has lots of ideas for making BAA shows even better. For all those who compete or are interested in competing at BAA shows, could you please spare a few minutes to complete this survey.

Crufts Car Stickers
Those jolly 'I've Qualified for Crufts' car stickers are back for 2015. If you have qualified in agility, YKC,  flyball, obedience or breed etc. you can obtain one from Agilitynet by sending an SAE to 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU. They are free but if you send a voluntary donation to the KC Charitable Trust, we'll send you two stickers - one for your car and the other for your dog van.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

Drontal Agility Challenge
The 2014 Final, judged by Andrew Dicker, was held at The Malvern Autumn Show on the Three Counties Showground, one of the best settings for a final anywhere in the country. The agility was good and so was the shopping not to mention the cider tent. All in all - a perfect day out.

Royal Canin Rest of the World Challenge
After two days of fierce competition, current holder Nicola Garrett retained her Royal Canin Rest of the World title at this year's Pembrokeshire By the Pond.

Welsh Handler of the Year
The  2014 Burn's Welsh Handler of the Year was crowned at the Pembrokeshire by the Pond show after a fierce competition.

Skinners Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Brillo International Bounce
Don Cooper reports on a  thoroughly enjoyable day judging the Final at a lovely show with some amazing dogs and handlers. Congratulations to the winners.

The Animal Health Co Classic
Judge Steph Thomas set the course for Heat 10 at Blenheim, the last of the 2014 qualifiers, using all the Ws - wall, wishing well and the Westcott's Water Jump.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

Triple Team Qualifier
TTQ is a new team event for three dogs per team for dogs of all sizes. Heats will be held throughout 2015 with two teams from each heat qualifying for the final

KC Olympia 2014
Not long to go until the Semi Finals of the KC Agility Stakes at the KCI Festival.  Here is the latest and maybe the last published list of Olympia qualifiers though it could still change in the next few days if anyone else pulls out.

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


RESCUE DOGS

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct. It's a faster service and still free to rescue organisations and private individuals! Another new features is a Google map so you can see where the dog is located. Wales may not be THAT far away for the right dog!

SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


SPECIALS

Spot the Finalist Competition
The Animal Health Company will make a £25 donation to make to the favourite charity of the the person who can name the most finalists and supporters in a picture snapped after the Final. How many can you identify?

What's Wrong with European Handling?
Dante Camacho, a Brazilian who lives in and competes for Canada, looks at international agility and asks what do those 'weird moves' really mean?

Queuing with Your Dog at Agility Survey
For the past four years, agility competitor Stephanie Fleig has been busy monitoring agility dogs to see just how they cope with the excitement and anticipation of competing in new situations. Please take her on-line survey. It should only take five minutes and all your responses are completely anonymous.

IMCA – PAWC 2014 Report
They came, they saw, they conquered and came back from Italy with an amazing 14 podium places including three Gold medals. It was a great experience and they had fun, too!

Living for Agility
Agility now has it's own song. Sing along...

Senior Agility League Winners
We hope you enjoy these 2 minute of fame interviews with some of our 2013 SAL Winners. And yes, there seems to be life after 55! Don't miss the interview with Perth the G6 Beagle.

I Am an Agility-holic
Lorraine Pearson is a self-confessed agility addict. She originally posted a shorter version of this article onto Agilitynet FB and got so many 'you have just described me' comments that she agreed to go public about her obsession.

Minority Agility Competitors
Just how friendly and diverse is our sport? Kayden Medcalf first brought this issue to our attention on FB. He reports on the results of his on-line survey of heterosexual and LGBT competitors and their experiences at shows and training.

Sports Bras for Agility
A woman can only run as fast as her boobs will allow her! When Lesley Short was made redundant, she decided to have a trade stand selling sports bras as a way of continuing to be part of the agility community.

Happy Days
Richard Partridge explains why he and his wife Sheila decided to adopt a feral dog from Romania when there are so many dogs in the UK needing homes.

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing. Join one today.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to the winners!

Senior Agility League
The 2014 SAL year ends on 21 December 2014 and the 2015 SAL League starts 22 December 2015. There is still time to join or add your points. Do it now. You're not getting any younger.

Agility Terrier League
The Terrier League Final 2014 was held at Dog Vegas, Thetford on the 21 June. Well done to the all the winners.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer X Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

REGULAR FEATURES

Rainbow Bridge
JoJo was special to Rosemary and Ian Stowers. She leaves a hole in their lives but also many many memories to look back on.

Clubs & Trainers
Highdown Agility is just one of clubs to have updated their listing on the Clubs & Trainers page recently. Is your club or group one of those? Is your group listed and is all the information correct including your training and contact details. Do you have a FB page?

Agilitynet Facebook
We have reached 10,000 members to the group. Imagine if we all went to the same show! Or if they all voted for the Fit for Function competition currently running. Please 'like' your favourite picture. The one with most 'likes' by midnight on Friday, 17 October will be our winner.

Ag. Ch, Dogs
There's another Another new Ag. Champ. Congratulations to Linda Hill and her JRT Ain’t No Angel (Small), handled by Steven Richardson, who gained their title at Castlereagh on Saturday. Do you know how many Ag. Ch. we've had since the scheme started?
How many can you name?  Thank you again to Jean Tuck for helping to keep the list up to date.

Show Diary
501 - either a pair of jeans or the number of shows on the Agilitynet Show Diary. There's something for everyone from G1 to Champ, Open or Limited, North to South and everywhere and everything in between.

Rescue Me
After putting Sandy onto the Agilitynet Rescue page, Animal Helpline received three phone calls - one of which lead to him going to a great agility  home where he has a new husky friend.

Judge's A-List
Very soon all the show secretaries will be looking for judges for their 2015 show. Check your contact details now. All types ofjudges welcome - KC, UKA, FAB, etc.

Message Board
Post your message here whether it be congratulations, good luck, unclaimed rosettes or lost 'n found etc. It's a free service and your message will be there in front of everyone for six weeks.

Flea Market
Lots of bargains for sale including car cages for probably every size and shape car or van, caravans and tents and pre-loved agility equipment to say nothing of puppies for agility, camping passes and more.

Advertising on Agilitynet
If you are interested in promoting your products and/or services to the agility community, what better way than via Agilitynet. After all, you are reading it now, aren't you! To find out more about advertising your goods and services, see our rate card.


DESPERATELY SEEKING...

Looking for a pairs partner or another team member, flat mate or camping pass? You can also look for specific car cages, van or dog vehicles and demo teams for your fairs and fetes? If all else has failed, try our free 'want' ads.

TRAINING

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner
wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many incidents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

HEALTH & FITNESS

ICE Cards
Did you ever think what would happen to your dogs should you, heaven forbid, have an accident when travelling to a show or training.  It occurred to Wendy Clay when she was stranded on the motorway in the freezing cold three hours from home, and  stared her thinking about what to do In Case of Emergency...

Agility, Energy & Injuries
Agility may be great fun but all the twisting, turning, jumping and landing can present a challenge to a dog’s joints as well as a drain on energy resources. So we asked James Howie Vet Director at Lintbell's to explain more about the most common injuries in dog agility?

Canine Pancreatitis
Since writing this article, Kay Westgate has had over 50 emails from owners with dogs suffering pancreatitis. They all say they find it helpful.

A Pilates Approach to Dog Agility
Pilates instructor and agility enthusiast Stacy Weeks explains how Pilates can help you be a better handler.

Be AgilityFIT
You might wonder what martial arts have in common with running an agility dog? Personal trainer Mike Wood & Eleanor Balchin have developed an exercise regime specifically for those who compete in dog agility.

REVIEWS

Back on Track Back Brace
As part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk around eight miles a day. He's found that the BoT Back Brace has helped him significantly, so he wanted to make other aware of it's healing warmth.

Country Mun Stopper Pad Protectors
Stopper pads can easily be cut or ripped and injuries are a common reason for trips to the vet. Using these pads can help to avoid the risk of injury and discomfort to your dog and can save lotsa money in treatment costs.

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